memento mori

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memento mo·ri

n. pl. memento mori
1. A reminder of death or mortality, especially a death's-head.
2. A reminder of human failures or errors.

[New Latin mementō morī, be mindful of dying : Latin mementō, sing. imperative of meminisse, to remember + Latin morī, to die.]

memento mori

(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an object, such as a skull, intended to remind people of the inevitability of death
[C16: Latin: remember you must die]

memen′to mo′ri

(ˈmɔr aɪ, ˈmoʊr aɪ, ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr i)

n., pl. memento mori.
an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death.
[1585–95; < Latin mementō morī remember (that you must) die]

memento mori

A Latin phrase meaning remember you must die, used to mean an object that reminds you of your mortality, such as a skull.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.memento mori - a reminder (as a death's head) of your mortalitymemento mori - a reminder (as a death's head) of your mortality
reminder - an experience that causes you to remember something
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